If you are a type O or type A you are being asked to donate blood right now. I'm an O type and feel like it's my responsibility to donate, knowing that my blood could save a life or provide time in a critical moment feels important. However, all blood types are accepted and needed. Northern Colorado is in short supply of blood right now. Donating blood may be a lot easier and less painful than you think.

At UCHealth locations where I donate, the process goes like this:

  • When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by staff members who will guide you through the process and answer your questions.
  • We’ll help you complete health history and consent forms. As part of your health history, you’ll be asked about the medicines you take. Most medicines are okay. You’ll also be asked about behavior that is considered a risk for HIV or hepatitis exposure.
  • We’ll record your temperature and blood pressure and do a finger-stick test called a hematocrit to check the volume of your red blood cells.
  • Your arm will be cleaned with a sterile disinfectant swab, and a needle inserted into a vein on the inside of your elbow.
  • The actual blood donation takes five to 10 minutes. If you feel lightheaded at any time, please let us know.
  • When you’re done, we’ll place a wrap on your arm. You’ll rest for a short time afterward and enjoy a snack before you go.

UCHealth has a location in Fort Collins and Loveland to donate.

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